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Recipes for Wellness
Chinese medicine recipes for seasonal eating. Recipes for some of our favourite meals to serve to our friends and family. We love to build our meals using Chinese medicine principles and base them on seasonal fruits and vegetables. We love to use food as medicine and select foods for nutrition and taste.
According to traditional Chinese medicine principles it is important to eat within the seasons. By eating seasonal food it is said that you align with the energy of the environment. Each season correlates with an organ in Chinese medicine. A result of eating within the seasons is that you support the energy of the associated organ. Farmers markets are a great place to start to learn about the seasonal foods, you’ll find the freshest options for each season here; Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring.
Winter foods therapy
Winter foods principles Winter foods therapy is using foods and cooking methods to align with the energetics of the season of Winter. The season of Winter is cold so our bodies call for warming foods, meals that have been cooked at low temperatures for a longer time. Adding heating spices such as cloves, peppercorns, ginger,
Tonify the spleen – Food remedy
Have you heard a TCM practitioner say to you they need to ‘tonify the spleen’. The Spleen and Stomach are part of the earth element, and are the key organs responsible for digestion in Chinese medicine. This is because these organs are responsible for the transformation and transportation of food into Qi (energy). The digestive
Autumn food therapy
Chinese medicine Autumn food therapy for meals; Our 5 top tips Protective and purifying foods should be incorporated in the diet in Autumn to help strengthen the body. These foods also help open and clear the Lungs. 1. Pungent foods such as onion, garlic, chives, bay leaves, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, horseradish and pepper have ascending qualities. These
Seasonal Autumn produce
Seasonal Autumn produce of fruits, vegetables and nuts are often in surplus at this time of year. Autumn is traditionally known as fall or the harvest season as an abundance of seasonal foods fall from the trees. These whole foods with be the freshest, cheapest and tastiest available so make the most of them by
Tonify Yin – Food Remedy
A tonify Yin food remedy is prescribed if the body has a diminished Yin reserve, importantly this should be clarified by a registered Chinese medicine practitioner. The theory of Yin Yang is fundamental to Chinese medicine. Indeed, for optimum health balance between Yin and Yang forces must be maintained. Yin energy is cooling, moistening, contracting,
Summer food therapy
Chinese medicine for Summer meals, top 5 tips 1. In the summer it is appropriate to eat spicy foods that move the energy up and to the surface as this encourages sweating and cooling, this is the reason why chilli laden foods are so popular in hot climates. 2. Don’t eat or drink too many cooling
Seasonal Summer produce
Seasonal fruits and vegetables – Summer fruit Apple, apricot, avocado, banana, berries: (blackberry, blueberry, boysenberry, gooseberry, loganberry, mulberry, raspberry, strawberry), cherry, crabapple, black currant, red currant, fig, grapes, guava, kiwifruit, lemon, lime, lychee, mango, mangosteen, melon: (honeydew melon, rockmelon, watermelon), nectarine, orange, passionfruit, peach, plum, pineapples, prickly pear, rambutan, starfruit, tamarillo, tomato. Summer vegetables Asparagus,
Spring food therapy
Spring food therapy in Chinese medicine Cooking methods During spring when energy is awakening and there is more warmth in the environment foods should be cooked lightly. Steaming and stir-frys are ideal cooking methods. Things to avoid Avoid alcohol and rich, fatty, buttery or creamy foods as these can burden the liver with heat and
Seasonal Spring produce
We love to eat seasonally and locally. Food that is seasonal is fresh as well as more plentiful. By eating what is available locally you support local farmers and importantly reduce food miles. Here is a list of some beautiful seasonal spring produce that are particularly at their peak through Spring. Seasonal Spring produce fruit
Autumn pumpkin & garlic soup
Autumn is the season of plentiful fresh local garlic and pumpkins, combining these ingredients with some of the prescribed spices and leafy herbs makes for a perfect season aligning recipe.
Beetroot and ginger dip
Beetroot are available throughout the year but this dip is especially great in Winter because it combines beetroot with the warming properties of the spices ginger & cumin.
Eating seasonally is such a pleasure. These whole foods are often in surplus at this time of year so we use them up in this mix. Using lemon juice with the apples will help keep the apples fresh by preventing oxidisation. This recipe keeps things raw, simple, nutritious and delicious and as a result has
A quick, healthy and nutrient dense breakfast that can be adapted to your own health needs and taste preferences. This recipe is for one, just double the mix for two people. You can choose your own seasonal fruit as a topping.
Gluten free zucchini pasta
Zucchini’s are cheap and plentiful in Autumn. This recipe is great for a quick lunch or dinner.
Tabbouleh is a great salad or side to have for dinner or lunch. This version uses quinoa in place of the traditional ingredient burgul which is cracked wheat . Quinoa is a seed, it is generally well tolerated by those with digestive issues. The combination of parsley and tomato is great to help boost iron
Healthy chocolate crackle
These snack bites are a healthy version of a chocolate crackle. They are great for kids because they are refined sugar and nut free.
This muesli is grain free and gluten free so is suitable for suffers of coeliac disease, those with a gluten intolerance and followers of the paleo diet principles. Serve it with seasonal fruit and dairy, nut milk or warm water (this swells the quinoa, softens the ingredients and aids digestion).
Sauerkraut is a great homemade vegie mix to have on hand for quick meals, pair it with some protein (it goes really well with grilled salmon) and dinner is done! Not only does this taste delicious it is super good for you too. Fermented foods provide the gut with good bacteria, it’s a food probiotic, plus
If you love chocolate but are trying to give it up then this is the recipe for you. It is free of refined sugar and dairy and can be tailored to suit sugar free or paleo diets. You can modify this recipe by sprinkling nuts / shredded coconut or dried fruit into the moulds or
It is so easy to make your own muesli and once you have the hang of it you can adapt the flavours and ingredients to suit you and your family. This recipe has no added sugar is low GI and high in essential fatty acids. You can serve muesli with milk but we prefer it with a